PHILADELPHIA (AP) When the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State erupted last year, public anger was directed not only toward Jerry Sandusky, whose trial begins Monday, but toward the people around him who didn’t report their suspicions to police.
In the months that followed, that anger led many states to re-examine and expand their so-called mandatory reporting laws that require people to report suspected abuse or face civil and criminal penalties. Some state laws apply to professionals like doctors and teachers, while others apply universally to all adults.
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